Hiking is a favourite pastime around here. Fresh air, outside time, getting your cardio on and just being surrounded by nature, its just the best time ever, well for me, but I’m a crazy person that can’t sit still, feel like I’m wasting my life if I’m being idle and just feeling generally depressed bored if I’m not doing something. Girl’s got issues!
During my years of hiking, I’ve realized that some people go completely overboard with their hiking attire (you don’t need a walking stick for less than a kilometre hike!) or just hiking with flip flops ( why do you hate your feet?). Both of those are really unnecessary in my opinion, you just have to find a happy medium, you don’t even have to spend a fortune on weir hiking attire that’s really unnecessary for the average bloke.
MY HIKING TIPS
^^ That’s me with hay-fever, swollen eyes and a swollen face. I still finished the hike
A hat or a buff is your best friend on a hike, it protects you from the sun, keeps your scalp from getting burned and gives you much needed shade.
Get a good sunscreen and reapply it as much as you need . Your skin is the biggest organ on your body, so protect it! Never leave the house without your sunscreen on. Use a different sunscreen for your face. A specific face sunscreen won’t come off when you start sweating and wont leave you all oily.
A small backpack of any kind is a good idea. Its great for putting your water bottle , sunscreen and your personal belongings in. Keep your phone in a ziplock baggy for extra protection.
4. First aid kit
A basic first aid kit is a must. After a really bad experience mountain biking and not being able to clean a wound, I now carry a first aid kit on every hike. You never know when you will need it. You might get an allergic reaction , fall or get stung by a wasp, so its always best to be prepared. Plus playing medic is fun.
I don’t wear hiking shoes. Firstly its way to expensive to have hideously ugly shoes in my cupboard and lastly its just way to heavy. Unless you are going to be doing some insane trekking or mountain climbing I don’t think its necessary. Trail trainers are fine and they don’t feel like you’re weighed down by bricks stuck on your feet. Don’t cheap out completely and wear flip flops, that’s just a fast way to get an injury. Protect those feet. Mostly just be smart, and just do you. If its a dangerous, snake filled mountain, wear those hiking boots.
Always bring at least 1 litre of water with you. Drink it slowly on your hike and make sure to be as hydrated as possible. Climbing around on rocks is a sure way to get dehydrated fast.
Always bring a small snack with. Bananas, granola bars, dried fruit or an energy ball. Basically anything that’s small and wont perish.
Comfortable clothes that breath well is heaven on a hike. Workout clothes or anything you feel comfortable enough to wear on a hike, hey, its your mountain now, wear what you want. If you are a lady a good sports bra is the way to go, keeping those babies in check and not swinging around like its a hammock in the wind is a great way not to get boob whip lash.
9. Hiking buddy
A hiking buddy to enjoy the landscape with is always fun, find someone that can keep your pace, complain with you, or not complain and just have fun with. Someone that won’t bug you is important, you don’t want to be stuck on a 2 hour hike with someone you slowly want to push off a cliff.
10. Enjoy it
Embrace the beauty of nature and just enjoy yourself. Let go of all your problems and just appreciate the nature around you. Its a great way of meditating and just letting everything go, thinking of new ideas and just being free.
I hope you can find some inspiration in these tips and just walk your worries right out.